Meridian Elementary School, 410 N. Meridian St, Brazil, had students participate in a training course, as the former Colts provided an obstacle course for students to go through. Gatorade sponsors the program and Prior said it is free to elementary schools. The program is in the spring and fall for grades 2-5. The camp promotes the colors of the Indianapolis Colts.
Mike Prior played for the Indianapolis Colts from 1987-92. From 1993-98 he played in Green Bay. He said the camp offers students real, basic football training and life skills. Naturally the obstacles are not the same as the Colts, but Prior said the camp is a challenge for the students. Some of the things he said it promotes is teamwork, staying active and having fun. Prior said the students work together and encourage each other. When he talks to students, he said he emphasizes the importance of education, staying active, teamwork, respecting each other, being the best that they can be and having fun.
There were several challenges and some were named after Indianapolis Colts players, like the Peyton Manning Quarterback challenge, and the Marvin Harrison Drill.
Prior said schools contact the Colts through their website and submits a form.
Teresa Akers, physical education teacher, said she told the school principal, Karen Phillips, about the program. Phillips submitted the form for Meridian.
"I'm excited," Akers said. "Not to many programs will come to you like this, free at charge. To have someone at a professional level come out and be very positive and professional, allowing the kids to experience this is great."
Akers said the program offers activities that cover a lot of areas on the standard. Each school participates, in some way, to the president's challenge where they have to meet certain standards. Akers said the obstacle course has activities that will help the students accomplish certain physical education requirements and have fun doing it.
For more information on Big Blue Football Camp or to submit a form, visit www.colts.com.